Whether you’re a new couple, long married, or something in between, the Pacific Surfliner is your gateway to dates that take romance to the next level. From onboard fun to strolls in scenic parks to intimate nights in hidden speakeasies, join us as we explore a few of the most romantic train trips and date ideas for couples.
We all know the destination is important, but it doesn’t hurt if the journey is nice too, right? You and your boo will find plenty to do onboard the Pacific Surfliner— here are just a few ways you can pass the time together on your way to romantic escapades.
Get Your Game On
A little friendly competition is the cornerstone of all great relationships, don’t you think? Bring your favorite game (please, no Twister!) or load up a co-op game on your chosen device, and you’ll be on track to pass the hours in style.
Don’t let your sweetheart get hangry! Treat yourselves to a stop at the onboard Market Café for fresh sandwiches, snacks, salads, and delicious local products from top California breweries and wineries.
Tune In, Together
Sometimes, it’s the simple things that mean the most. Start up a shared listening session with your favorite playlist, podcast, or audiobook (or do it the old-fashioned way via shared earbuds), and let those sweet sounds be the backdrop for your romantic journey.
Swoon-Worthy Date Ideas
Hand-in-hold strolls through enchanting displays of native California plants, trees, and flowers? A trip to the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens is a sure way to grow your love in all the right ways. Enjoy 5 miles of easy walking trails as you wander through a living museum of the Golden State’s varying biomes, from inland desert to redwood forests.
How to Get There: The Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens are a 15-minute car ride from the Santa Barbara Station.
Located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, love is always in the air at The Prado. There’s something about the Spanish architecture, fragrant flowers, and award-winning menu that’s simply irresistible! Grab a table inside the charming historic building, or dine al fresco on their outdoor patio. Then, get ready to treat your taste buds to a delicious culinary journey, complete with fine wines and signature cocktails. When you’re finishing eating, there’s always plenty more of Balboa Park for you to explore together.
You’ve heard of al fresco dining; now get ready for al fresco film! At Cinema Under the Stars in San Diego, you and your sweetheart can catch a movie in a unique open-air movie theater, complete with a heated patio, comfy seats, and all the blankets, space heaters, and other amenities you need to get cozy.
Did someone order a side of Venetian romance? We think a gondola ride through the Channel Island Harbor is the perfect way to say “I heart you.” Gondola Paradiso in Oxnard offers Italian-style boat rides and private tours of the beautiful canals surrounding Coral Island— consider bringing some snacks and beverages to enjoy together during your ride!
How to Get There: Gondola Paradiso is a 10-minute car ride from Oxnard Station.
You may not realize it, but Los Angeles is full of hidden speakeasies just waiting to be discovered (but not TOO discovered). The Varnish, a dark and moody watering hole located behind another bar, serves up 1920s vibes and delicious handmade craft cocktails in an intimate lounge setting. Grab a seat and some tasty drinks, and spend some time enjoying each other’s company and basking in the feeling of a bygone era.
How to Get There: The Varnish is a 30-minute walk, or a 5-minute car ride, from Los Angeles Union Station.
Ready for your romantic getaway? Book your train tickets here!